Last January, I proclaimed 2016 as the “Year of Knitting Selfishly”. Out of a total of seven projects completed, five were for me, so that’s a win. On the other hand, only seven projects were completed, so that’s a blow to the Ravelry queue.
Both were knit projects and took far longer than I expected. The two months it took to knit that baby blanket — size approximately 24 inches by 34 inches — gave me pause to reconsider tackling a couple of other knitted blankets I have queued. I can crochet blankets far faster than I can knit them. I may stick to crocheted blankets in the future, especially for babies.
The five remaining projects were for me. I’ve blogged three of them: Ribby Striped Cowl; Wildflower Cardigan; and the Lacy Moebius Cowl. The two remaining projects, a shawl and a pair of socks will be blogged shortly.
2016 Technical Accomplishments
I designed and knitted three projects: Kaysen’s Blankie, the Ribby Striped Cowl, and the Lacy Moebius Cowl.
I made my first pair of toe up socks (to be blogged). That same pair of socks also included my first short row heel.
I made my first real colorwork project with Davi’s Stocking. Learned a lot about intarsia by muddling through and juggling bobbins.
2016’s Stash Accomplishments
I used 3,743 yards of stash yarn.
I acquired 5,576 yards of new yarn for a net addition of 1,833 yards.
I refuse to feel guilty. Look at this one. Look.
I make no plans whatsoever to avoid acquiring new yarn because that’s a silly idea doomed to failure. In fact, I’ve already doomed it by buying four skeins in January alone.
What I plan to do is:
- Make a baby blanket for my nephew and his wife
- Make more socks
- Finally tackle a Fair Isle project — probably a hat that can be knit in the round
- Continue to knit from stash as much as possible — the baby blanket for my nephew and his wife may be the exception because I don’t have much yarn suitable for that purpose
- Continue to knit through my library of patterns
- Write out and publish the patterns I’ve designed
Everything else is on a wait-and-see basis. I’m dropping weight fairly rapidly (down approximately 17 lbs since surgery), so I don’t intend to make any cardigans or other garments until I’m much closer to my goal weight.
What are you going to make this year?